Welcome to OPEX Gyms
Welcome to OPEX Gyms
Feb 18 2019

Welcome to OPEXGyms.com, connecting our worldwide network of OPEX Gyms, and the coaches and clients that train within them.

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Always Seek Progress
Always Seek Progress
Mar 01 2019

OPEX Gyms strive to always seek progress for their clients, by never allowing complacency to set in. Regular feedback, through assessments and consultation, ensures that your program progresses with your life.

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Sustainable Fitness
Sustainable Fitness
Mar 08 2019

In an OPEX Gym your personalized program doesn’t just begin and end at the gym doors. A truly sustainable program must align movement, nutrition, lifestyle and mindset. Enter the OPEX Basic Lifestyle Guidelines (BLGs), simple lifestyle behaviors that set a solid foundation for your training.

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10 Things That Matter Before Macros
10 Things That Matter Before Macros
Mar 13 2019

How does nutrition make you feel? Can you recognize any behaviors that you have created around food? There is a huge emotional component to nutrition for many people that should not be ignored. You must recognize potentially self-sabotaging behaviors and ‘triggers’ if you want to create positive and lasting change.

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Assess, Don’t Guess.
Assess, Don’t Guess.
Mar 20 2019

Your fitness journey at OPEX begins with an assessment. The OPEX Body. Move. Work. (BMW) assessment allows your coach to develop a clear understanding of your starting point, so they can design a program that meets you where you’re at.

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A Community of Individuals
A Community of Individuals
Mar 29 2019

At OPEX Gyms, you always get a program designed specifically for you. You form a strong relationship with your personal coach, who assesses and consults with you one-on-one on a regular basis. When you workout, you will know that you are doing the best possible training for your body and goals. You will never get lost in the shuffle of a group class, or feel pressure to keep up with anyone but yourself.

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Zoning in vs Zoning out
Zoning in vs Zoning out
Apr 04 2019

We encourage our clients to zone in by using deliberate practice when they are training. This will mean something different for everyone and for each session, but broadly, it means to keep the intent of the workout front of mind as you do it. OPEX coaches are experts at communicating this intent to their clients through consultations, TrueCoach notes and on the floor, so the purpose of their workouts is always clear.

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How Much Body Fat Is Healthy?
How Much Body Fat Is Healthy?
Apr 10 2019

Body fat is typically perceived to be unhealthy, and excess body fat can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Leanness, on the other hand, is celebrated as healthy and beautiful. So how much body fat is actually healthy?

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Easy Swaps
Easy Swaps
Apr 18 2019

It is a common nutrition myth that to make progress, you need to make big changes. Learn how OPEX Coaches uses small swaps to make a big impact on the nutrient density of your meals while making it easier to remain compliant.

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What is Progress?
What is Progress?
May 01 2019

Progress in the fitness world is typically measured by lifting heavier, losing pounds or running faster. But not all goals are so quantifiable. In OPEX Gyms, we look beyond just the barbell, the scale and the timer when tracking progress.

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The Best of Both Worlds
The Best of Both Worlds
May 09 2019

Over the past 20 years, the OPEX method was developed through the coaching experience of our Founder, James Fitzgerald. James has worked with thousands of clients in both personal training and group fitness environments, and eventually created his own approach to fitness by blending the positives of these two worlds.

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Strength Training for Women
Strength Training for Women
May 17 2019

The tides are slowly starting to turn, but too many ladies are still shying away from lifting weights. In this blog we’re going to address three common fears that stop women from using barbells and dumbbells, and six amazing reasons to embrace resistance training.

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We Know Why You Can’t Sleep
We Know Why You Can’t Sleep
May 22 2019

The greatest workout is only as effective as your ability to recover from it, and the most important factor in your recovery is sleep. Sleep-wake cycles are in our DNA. Honoring them is essential to our physical and emotional wellbeing. We are wired to sleep with the moon and rise with the sun – our natural circadian rhythm.

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Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
May 29 2019

We all know that working out offers a host of physical benefits, but did you know that it can also nurture a healthy mind?

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Step-by-Step: What It Looks like to Be a Client of an OPEX Gym
Step-by-Step: What It Looks like to Be a Client of an OPEX Gym
Jun 06 2019

Step-by-Step: What It Looks like to Be a Client of an OPEX Gym. You will be teamed up with a professional coach—someone who has been through the comprehensive OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP)—to meet you exactly where you’re at in this moment of time, mentally and physically.

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Eat the Rainbow
Eat the Rainbow
Jun 06 2019

Eat the Rainbow. It’s no secret that vegetables are good for us. Eating a diverse array of colorful veggies is a great way to boost your intake of fiber, a variety of micronutrients and phytonutrients. OPEX Gyms provide personalized nutrition coaching, but one thing every client can benefit from is eating the rainbow!

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What Are Macronutrients
What Are Macronutrients
Jun 19 2019

Macronutrients supply the body with calories. Different foods contain varied ratios of the three macronutrients–fat, protein and carbohydrate. Understanding why each macro is important and what kinds of foods contain large amounts of them will help you put together meals that support your body composition, performance and health goals.

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The Journey to Fitness Autonomy
The Journey to Fitness Autonomy
Jun 26 2019

It may sound a little strange, but at OPEX Gyms our goal is for you to reach the point where you don’t need us anymore. Our ideal journey for you as an OPEX client is to learn and internalize the behaviors and tools that will help you live long and prosper so that you develop autonomy over your health.

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Higher-Order Nutrition
Higher-Order Nutrition
Jul 10 2019

At OPEX Gyms we don’t buy into diet dogma. Instead, we teach our clients how to embrace higher-order nutrition. So what’s higher-order nutrition? It’s nourishing your body with foods and habits that help you live your definition of a larger life. 

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Personal Training vs. An OPEX Gym
Personal Training vs. An OPEX Gym
Jul 26 2019

When it comes to personalized fitness you have two choices. Personal training and personalized fitness through an OPEX Gym. Learn the differences and why we prefer an OPEX Gym.

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We’re Here When the Newbie Gains Wear Off
We’re Here When the Newbie Gains Wear Off
Jul 31 2019

Been hitting the gym on a regular basis for a few months now and feeling great about it? As you should! Unfortunately, these incredible newbie gains, as they’ve become known, are inevitably short-lived. Thankfully, we’re here when the newbie gains wear off.

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Do Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals Align?
Do Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals Align?
Aug 07 2019

It is common for clients to come to us with specific goals in mind. While it is good to have specific short-term goals as they aid in inspiration, it's also important to make sure that your short-term and long-term goals align.

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Is Personal Training Worth It?
Is Personal Training Worth It?
Aug 23 2019

In this article, we take a bit more human approach to help you determine how much personal training and your personal trainer are worth to you. Because that is so unique to each person, we want to give you a formula of sorts to determine how much you value personal training. That way, you can be confident whether personal training is worth it for you or not.

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5 Reasons You Need a Coach
5 Reasons You Need a Coach
Aug 28 2019

In OPEX Gyms every single client is matched with their own personal coach. Regardless of your starting point and your goals, the fastest way to achieve success is through personalized fitness.

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It's Not Gluten's Fault
It's Not Gluten's Fault
Sep 04 2019

Gluten-free diets are all the rage. The letters “gf” have become ubiquitous on restaurant menus and grocery stores are littered with gluten-free options, from cauliflower crusts to cookies. But it may not actually be gluten that is causing you to feel ill.

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The Essential Movement Patterns
The Essential Movement Patterns
Sep 11 2019

A well-designed resistance training program incorporates a variety of movement patterns to create structural balance. Here are the six essential movement patters you can expect to find in an OPEX Gym near you.

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Is Keto The Answer?
Is Keto The Answer?
Sep 18 2019

What is the keto diet? Chances are you’ve heard of the ketogenic diet by now.  The keto diet is a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. There is a time and a place for a keto diet, but is it the right nutrition approach for everyone?  Absolutely not!

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5 Reasons Why Every Program Should Start with an Assessment
5 Reasons Why Every Program Should Start with an Assessment
Sep 27 2019

If you’ve hung around OPEX for long enough you’re bound to have heard someone say the words, “assess, don’t guess.” Here are 5 reasons why we insist that every fitness program in an OPEX Gym begins with an assessment.

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Behaviors over Bandaids
Behaviors over Bandaids
Oct 04 2019

Here’s a crazy idea… What if we all stopped looking for the hacks, magic pills, and silver bullets to answer our health woes and started examining the behaviors that caused us problems in the first place?

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The Goal Setting Roadmap
The Goal Setting Roadmap
Oct 10 2019

Goal setting is an incredibly important part of the OPEX coach-client relationship because it holds both parties accountable to the training program. Here is the roadmap for goal setting used in OPEX Gyms.

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Resist Entropy
Resist Entropy
Oct 16 2019

The aging process is an inevitable part of life. We all have a “peak” for physical performance within us, and at some point, we switch from climbing towards it to heading down the other side.

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Got Sun?
Got Sun?
Oct 23 2019

We’ll admit it. We’re vitamin D addicts. Daily sun exposure is one of the simplest ways to increase recovery, mood, digestive health, immune function, neurological health, and performance.

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Do I Need Cardio?
Do I Need Cardio?
Nov 01 2019

Do I need to do cardio? This is a question clients ask a lot. But the answer is, as always, it depends. Moving your body in some way, every day is vital for your health. But the kind of activity and the intensity is determined by your goals.

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The 3 Pillars of Personalized Nutrition
The 3 Pillars of Personalized Nutrition
Nov 13 2019

When you think about nutrition, what comes to mind? At OPEX we boil it down to three pillars of intention for personalized nutrition: Brain, Body, and Life.

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Our Favorite Work Capacity Test
Our Favorite Work Capacity Test
Nov 20 2019

Every new client at an OPEX Gym goes through work capacity testing to measure their aerobic system.

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Our Favorite Aerobic Workouts
Our Favorite Aerobic Workouts
Dec 05 2019

There’s an endless number of cardio machines out there, but at OPEX Gyms around the world there’s a few options that are staples. 

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Basic Lifestyle Guidelines: Holiday Edition
Basic Lifestyle Guidelines: Holiday Edition
Dec 13 2019

The holiday season is well and truly underway. Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy the holidays and continue to progress towards your goals!

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How Much Protein Do I Need to Eat? 
How Much Protein Do I Need to Eat? 
Dec 19 2019

Variety is the spice of life, and it couldn’t be truer when it comes to the foods on your plate! But it’s not only about combining food groups like veggies, meats, fruits, nuts, and seeds. It’s also important to vary the type of each food group you eat on a regular basis. 

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What's In Your Supplements
What's In Your Supplements
Dec 19 2019

The supplement industry has us believing that their magic pills will make us stronger, faster, and healthier. Fish oil and Vitamin D help us fight the inflammation and maximize all the essential fatty acids we consume in our diets on a daily basis.

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The Best Bang for Your Buck Recovery Tools
The Best Bang for Your Buck Recovery Tools
Jan 08 2020

Recovery is a hot topic in the fitness space. Whether it’s supplements, mobility tools, or of course, CBD cream, the market is flooded with hacks and magic pills to speed up the recovery process.

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How to Meal Prep - Your 1 Hour Plan
How to Meal Prep - Your 1 Hour Plan
Jan 16 2020

Meal prep is the foundation of any successful week. Setting aside an hour on a Sunday to prepare healthy meals takes decisions during a busy week off your plate. 

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The Relationship Between Food and Exercise
The Relationship Between Food and Exercise
Jan 23 2020

There is an undeniable relationship between food and exercise. But exercising only to “burn” the calories you consume can make it feel like there is a direct transaction happening between the foods you eat and your workouts.

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